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LESSON 3FINDING ARTICLES ATMORRIS LIBRARYIntroduction to College ResearchInstructor: Amber Burtis
Questions Answered inLesson 3 What are articles? What it the difference between the following types: Scholarlyjournal articles Popular newspaper articles Popular magazine articles What is a library database? And why is it not a webpage?
Questions Answered inLesson 3 How do you find articles through Morris Library? When should you use AND, OR, and NOT? What do the following terms mean: Full-text PDFs Abstracts Citations?
The 411 on Articles Articles are found in periodicals like: Popular Magazines (Time, Newsweek) Popular Newspapers (The Southern Illinoisan, The New York Times) Scholarly Journals (The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of Communication) Articles are found in print form and in electronic form, but they are increasingly in electronic form.
Why are Articles Important? The topics you will find in articles are very specific, rather than the more general topics you will find in books. The information you find in articles is often the most recent research you’ll find on a topic since newspapers, magazines, and academic journals are published quite frequently.
All Articles are Not theSame…. Keep in mind that not all articles can be used for the papers you write in college. Generally, the following rules apply: Popular Magazines Articles Not usually appropriate for college research Popular Newspaper Articles Appropriate for some college research, such as historical research papers Scholarly Journals Articles The best source for college research since articles are reviewed by scholars in that field (called peer-review)
What’s the Difference? Scholarly Journal Article Popular Magazine and Newspaper ArticlesPurpose To report original research to other To entertain, sell or persuade scholars in the field To report general information to the publicPublisher Generally published by professional Published by a commercial company for organizations or associations profitAuthor Article provides credentials on the Authorscan be free-lance or staff writers author, including academic rank Academic credentials of author rarely listed Authors vary from issue to issueLength Usually longer, 5 or more pages Usually more brief, under 5 pagesStyle Uses terminology specific to the field Uses general terminology Written to appeal to scholars Written to appeal to wide readership Can contain research data, research Discusses research already accomplished strategies, hypothesis, research findingsSources Contains bibliography Might contain bibliography, but rareAppearance May contain graphs, illustrations, May contain advertisements unrelated to charts to show data the article Rarely contains commercial May have photographs and illustrations to advertisements enhance the articleSelection Articles selected by editorial board of Articlesselected by editor(s) of magazine peers in the field Process for article submission unclear Process for article submission stated
Finding Articles Now that you know what articles are, the next step is to learn how to find them in library databases. Click on the link below to learn about library databases. NOTE: Be sure to pay close attention to this tutorial….some of your homework assignment and quiz will come from it. http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/clip/tu torials/lib_database.htm
Finding Articles Go to http://www.lib.siu.edu/ Click on the “Articles & Databases” tab.
Finding Articles Type your keywords in the search box or click on “Databases by Subject” to find library databases related to your topic.
Finding ArticlesOnce you get your results you can use the terms “AND,” “OR,” and “NOT” to refine your results. For example, (Chicago White Sox 2009 OR 2010) will give you results about either one of these years, whereas (Chicago White Sox 2009 AND 2010) will show results that include both years. The search (Chicago White Sox 2009 NOT 2010) will give you results from 2009 but not 2010. You can also refine your results by limiting the publication date of articles. Play with some of the other limit options.
Finding Articles Article Title Author Journal Title, Public Citation ation date, Volum e, Issue, Pa Permalink ge numbers Subject Terms Database searched Now click on the title of the article to get the information you need for Assignment #3.
Finding Articles through MorrisLibrary If you see a link for “HTML FULL TEXT” or “PDF FULL TEXT” click on it to get the full text of the article.
Finding Articles through MorrisLibrary If you don’t see a link for “HTML FULL TEXT” or “PDF FULL TEXT” click the “FIND FULL TEXT” button to see if any other library databases have the full text of the article.
Finding ArticlesIf the first line says that “We don’t have this online” then check the link below it to see if there is a print copy at Morris Library. If there isn’t and you still want it then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Morris Library will find a copy of the article for you from a different library.
Finding Print Articles at MorrisLibrary If SIUCat says that there is a print copy of the article at Morris Library… Articlespublished 1996 to the present are located on the third floor of Morris, arranged alphabetically by the title of the journal. Older articles are at McLafferty Annex and need to requested the same way you requested books. If you need help just contact me and I can help you figure it out….firstname.lastname@example.org
Glossary Full-text – refers to a version of the article in its entirety PDF - Portable Document Format Abstract – a short and pointed statement that describes an article Citation – a reference to an article that lists the author, date, publisher, journal, volume, issue
Assignment Go to the course homepage and do Assignment #3. E-mail me the assignment (either as an attachment or with the answers in the body of the e-mail) and then go to Blackboard to take Quiz #3 under the Assessments link.